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ZATKO Peter
Sport Para athletics, Wheelchair Curling
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthTopolcany, TCH
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Velké Dvorany, SVK
Occupation
Social Worker
Languages
Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began curling in 2013 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
"Sport has been close to me since I was a child. After my accident I was looking for ways to stay active. I tried athletics for a few years - shot put and javelin throw. I also attended a few meets in the Czech Republic and Croatia. Later, however, my [wheelchair curling] teammate Monika Kunkelova, whom I met at NRC Kovacova, led me to curling. Maybe it was an impulse and motivation for me to get to the Paralympics one day."
Club / Team
1. Wheelchair Curling Club: Slovakia
Name of coach
Frantisek Pitonak [national], SVK
Training Regime
He trains for 10 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Second
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Slovakia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lucerne, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Peto (paralympic.sk, 18 Sep 2021)
Hobbies
Golf, travel, watching sports. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing sixth at the 2019 World Championship in Stirling, Scotland. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Frantisek Pitonak. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He and his Slovakian national teammates were named Para Team of the Year at the 2020 Slovak Athlete of the Year awards. The award recognised their performance at the 2020 World Championship in Wetzikon, Switzerland. (teraz.sk, 16 Dec 2020)
Impairment
He was involved in an accident in 2006 when he fell from a height. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018; spv.sk, 16 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Curling
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 Team  
4 2022 Team  
World Championship - Wheelchair Curling
Rank Year Event Result
9 2015/2016 Team  
6 2018/2019 Team  
8 2019/2020 Team  
10 2020/2021 Team